It has been my dream to play college golf since I was 12. I have played for my high school since my freshman year, earning All Conference honors twice and All State honors once to date. I love the team environment and cheering on my teammates to success.
However, in 2022, I battled an illness that sidelined me for the entire season. While away from the game, I cheered on my younger sister while she played tournaments and worked with our high school girls during their season. I helped the less experienced players with their swings and encouraged them in their play. My coach jokingly awarded me the “Assistant to the Assistant” award at our season-end banquet for staying engaged and helping the team while I could not compete.
I also realized the two things I missed the most about not playing: The thrill of competing and playing a round with my competitors, many who are friends from around the state.
I was released to start playing again on my 17th birthday (October 3rd). As my game has come back, I found it not only came back quickly but improved tremendously over where I left off. My drive and determination to return and improve has been a major motivation since the start of the illness.
I have enjoyed my return to competitive golf including putting up scores in the 70's in my summer tournaments.